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  • Jonathan Munby's 'Caesar' is more about the mob

    Jonathan Munby's 'Caesar' is more about the mob
    "We're inventing a Rome," said Jonathan Munby over lunch recently, "that looks and feels like contemporary Washington." Although he was born in Yorkshire, England, and bases his freelance career in London (with frequent forays to the Royal Shakespeare...
  • A 'Tempest' easy on the eyes, if not the heart or ears

    A 'Tempest' easy on the eyes, if not the heart or ears
    Imagine that William Shakespeare's masterpiece,"The Tempest," contained no tropical island, no shipwreck, no storm, no living, breathing Miranda. A sly old sorcerer, a prototypical Wizard of Oz, just made 'em all up from his big book of grand illusions....
  • Six characters in search of off-Loop actors

    Six characters in search of off-Loop actors
    The quirky, lovable aesthetic of The Hypocrites is going to be in safe hands with new artistic director Halena Kays, based on her quirky and rather lovable new production of "Six Characters in Search of an Author," that meta-dramatic classic from 1921....
  • Head-spinning truths in this rewind of human history

    Head-spinning truths in this rewind of human history
    Should you be overwhelmed by your problems — or maybe you're just involved with someone who considers their personal needs of greater cosmic significance than you think they merit — then an evening spent in the company of Ontroerend Goed...
  • Not past our dancing days yet: Sean Graney's fun and inventive "Romeo Juliet"

    Not past our dancing days yet: Sean Graney's fun and inventive "Romeo Juliet"
    I've heard the perennially excellent question "What light through yonder window breaks?" on countless occasions. I have never heard it spoken by Juliet and never while sucking on an orange. Me, not her. But Juliet is a girl with questions who always...
  • Chicago Shakes to take the Bard to the parks

    Taking a leaf from the early days of Joseph Papp in New York and endeavoring to increase its own accessibility, Chicago Shakespeare Theater says it plans to tour its "Short Shakespeare" production of an abbreviated version of William Shakespeare's "The...
  • A fast-paced, entertaining 'Henry VIII'

    A fast-paced, entertaining 'Henry VIII'
    William Shakespeare and his company were not the first artistic entity to suck up to their funders and protectors, and they surely weren't the last. Still, it's hard to watch the last scenes of “Henry VIII” without fantasizing that Wily Old...
  • At Chicago Shakespeare, asking why Timon wrote those checks

    At Chicago Shakespeare, asking why Timon wrote those checks
    Few realizations are as painful in life as the one that comes to a previously generous person, fallen on hard times and made suddenly and brutally aware that the quality of kindness among homo sapiens is neither reciprocal nor ubiquitous. That's...
  • Summer Theater Guide 2012: Our top 10 most-anticipated shows

    Summer Theater Guide 2012: Our top 10 most-anticipated shows
    A potential superhero awaits the unleashing of his powers. Tracy Letts mourns over Moscow. A Chicago disaster is revisited. A young man misses his appointment with Goldman Sachs. Oedipus hits the streets of Los Angeles. Hats fly on the Goodman Theatre...
  • Tragic rap? 'Othello' is the Q Brothers' best yet

    Tragic rap? 'Othello' is the Q Brothers' best yet
    Even for fans for such prior endeavors as "The Bomb-itty of Errors" and "Funk it Up About Nothin'," a hip-hop version of "Othello" sounded like a stretch for the Q Brothers, that bizarre pair of theatrically inclined Caucasian rappers, born and raised...
  • Sex sins of mighty are old hat in literature

    Sex sins of mighty are old hat  in literature
    It didn't start with Twitter — and it won't end with Weiner. For centuries, the theme of sexual sins committed by the powerful has been scintillating source material for the arts. In poems and plays, in novels and films and TV series, artists...
  • Goodman fills in missing Falls show

    Robert Falls will direct William Shakespeare's "Measure for Measure" as part of the Goodman Theatre's 2012-13 season, the Goodman announced on Wedndesday. The slot had been listed as a TBA in the Goodman's 2012-13 subscription season. This will be...